Fighting the Devil in Dixie: How Civil Rights Activists Took on the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama

Fighting the Devil in Dixie How Civil Rights Activists Took on the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama Shortly after the success of the Montgomery bus boycott the Ku Klux Klan determined to keep segregation as the way of life in Alabama staged a resurgence The strong armed leadership of governor Georg

  • Title: Fighting the Devil in Dixie: How Civil Rights Activists Took on the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama
  • Author: Wayne Greenhaw
  • ISBN: 9781613734162
  • Page: 125
  • Format: Paperback
  • Shortly after the success of the Montgomery bus boycott, the Ku Klux Klan determined to keep segregation as the way of life in Alabama staged a resurgence The strong armed leadership of governor George C Wallace, who defied the new civil rights laws and became the poster child for segregationists, empowered the Klan s most violent members An intimidating series of gruesShortly after the success of the Montgomery bus boycott, the Ku Klux Klan determined to keep segregation as the way of life in Alabama staged a resurgence The strong armed leadership of governor George C Wallace, who defied the new civil rights laws and became the poster child for segregationists, empowered the Klan s most violent members An intimidating series of gruesome acts of violence threatened to roll back the advances of the nascent civil rights movement As Wallace s power grew, however, blacks began fighting back in the courthouses and schoolhouses, as did young Southern lawyers including Charles Chuck Morgan, who became the ACLU s Southern director Morris Dees, who cofounded the Southern Poverty Law Center and Bill Baxley, Alabama attorney general, who successfully prosecuted the bomber of Birmingham s Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and legally halted some of Wallace s agencies designed to slow down integration All along, journalist Wayne Greenhaw was interviewing Klan members, detectives, victims, civil rights leaders, and politicians of all stripes In Fighting the Devil in Dixie, he tells this dramatic story in full for the first time from the Klan s kidnappings, bombings, and murders of the 1950s to Wallace s run for a fourth term as governor in the early 1980s, in which he asked for forgiveness and won with the black vote Fighting the Devil in Dixie is an essential document for understanding twentieth century racial strife in the South and the struggle to end it.

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    1 thought on “Fighting the Devil in Dixie: How Civil Rights Activists Took on the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama”

    1. At least once a week I join the writer of this book for a roundtable at the only bar that matters in Montgomery, Alabama, El Rey Burrito Lounge. Two-dozen books into a 40+ year career, Wayne remains an inspiration to us. This latest book of his is a fascinating history of players in the Civil Rights movement and its aftermath who don't often get their due. From the 1957 murder of Willie Edwards through the men and women whose investigative reporting kept the abuses of segregation in the public e [...]

    2. Good book. At times it goes into more detail than I can process; I end up skimming paragraphs until the writing comes back to the main narrative.The subject matter makes me so angry, though, that I am unable to finish it.

    3. Not quite what I was expecting. While the author contains his study to the state of Alabama, he doesn't adhere very closely to his thesis of pitting civil rights activists against the Ku Klux Klan. I'm conflicted over my feelings about Fighting the Devil in Dixie - partly because I can't tell exactly what it is. It isn't a typical history of the civil rights movement, because key events are omitted (Little Rock, AR; Raleigh, NC; Oxford, MS; Albany, GA) - but that may be due to the fact the autho [...]

    4. Amazing book. It was like ten books of information in one it was so in depth. I also appreciated that it referenced so many people, books, and movies for additional study. This is definitely the most thorough and informative book on the Civil Rights Movement that I have read thus far.

    5. Author Wayne Greenhaw, who begins with the admission that his own "kin" marched in Ku Klux Klan parades, is a journalist who documents the historic hatred in his home state of Alabama which led to atrocious beatings and killings of black citizens and to a church bombing which killed four little black girls getting ready for Sunday school and blinding a fifth. The book concludes with court victories by the Southern Poverty Law Center against KKK killers and the transformation of once racist Gov. [...]

    6. Gripping, overwhelming in detail, and narrated as only a seasoned journalist can, Fighting the Devil in Dixie is a no-holds-barred recounting of the gradual and inevitable victory of conscience and humanity over selfishness and insufferable oppression in Alabama. It is a historical accounting of Civil Rights struggle in a state where a politician's cry of "Segregation forever!" rallied the populace. Wayne Greenhaw writes in an engaging, impersonal style. His intimate familiarity with events in A [...]

    7. Rather than the big moments, this work by an Alabama journalist follows the many small, principled acts of attrition by ordinary people against the Klan--local bankers, barbers, morticians, newspaper editors, bail bondsmen, city clerks and creative strategies like getting property as damages in civil suits and, to my great delight, Morris Dees raising the original monies for the SPLC by marketing "Favorite Recipes of Home Economics Teachers" through unwitting white Future Farmers of America fund [...]

    8. It's crucial to remember the Civil Rights Movement and the brutal racism that made it necessary. We can't forget. Those with eyes to see and ears to hear couldn't forget if they tried since racism and hate is still so endemic. Hate must be fought continuously both in our society and within ourselves.

    9. FANTASTIC BOOK ! Required reading for anyone who wants to understand the events painted on the evening news. Buy this as a holiday gift for someone you love !

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